Ultimate Negative Ground Speed Check: Tales From the Antonov AN-2

The Russians are coming. Very, very, very slowly. Apparently more stable than a helicopter; flies with complete control at 25 MPH; in a stiff wind can safely achieve zero movement or even be pushed backwards.

Yes, the Russians gave us a janky-ass jalop version of a Fiat. But also: in the 1940s, they gave us mass-produced assault rifles that remain enormously popular 70 years later, and apparently also this beast that occupies a legendary niche in aviation.

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